Friday, November 2, 2012

GDB #16 @ PA

Oil Kings(15 9-3-1-2) vs Raiders(16 10-4-0-2)

The Oil Kings kick off a six game road trip tonight in Prince Albert when they meet the Raiders for the second time this season.  PA took the first game 4-1 at Rexall last month.  The Oil Kings made some big news this week when they acquired David Musil from the Vancouver Giants for Mason Geertsen and a first round pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft. Last game out the Kings downed Musil and the Giants 5-1 on Sunday.  TJ Foster, Travis Ewanyk, Mitch Moroz, Edgars Kulda and Michael St. Croix tallied for the Kings, who have won four straight.  Tristan Jarry made 29 saves to earn his third win of the season.  The Raiders have won back to back games and lead the Eastern Conference with 22 points coming into action tonight.  They are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over Swift Current on Tuesday.

Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings
Season Series-  The Raiders recorded their first ever regulation win at Rexall Place last time these teams played.  The Oil Kings won all four matchups last season.  The teams play twice more this season once in Prince Albert and once in Edmonton.  

The Opposition: The Raiders are ranked 10th in the CHL's Top Ten.  Earlier this season they added veteran defensman Davis Vandane from the Spokane Chiefs to replace Antoine Corbin who is playing in the American Hockey League with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings

Goals- EDM- TJ Foster, Michael St. Croix (10)
PA- Dakota Conroy (8)

Points- EDM- Michael St. Croix (22)
PA- Mark McNeill (16)

Wins- EDM- Laurent Brossoit (6)
PA- Luke Siemens (9)

PIMS- EDM- Travis Ewanyk (43)
PA- Harrison Ruopp (24)

Next Up: The Oil Kings continue their road trip tomorrow night when they face the Swift Current Broncos for the first time this season.  After Swift, the Kings head west to face the Blazers in Kamloops.  The Raiders are wrapping up a seven game home stand here tonight.  They visit Regina tomorrow before returning to the Art Hauser Centre for a pair of games.

Photo: Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings
EDM- David Musil- Edmonton Oilers (2nd, 2011), Keegan Lowe- Carolina Hurricanes (3rd, 2011), Travis Ewanyk- Oilers (3rd, 2011), Michael St. Croix- New York Rangers (4th, 2011), Martin Gernat- Oilers (5th, 2011), Laurent Brossoit- Calgary Flames (6th, 2011), Griffin Reinhart- New York Islanders (1st, 2012), Henrik Samuelsson- Phoenix Coyotes (1st, 2012), Mitch Moroz- Oilers (2nd, 2012).

PA- Mark McNeill- Chicago Blackhawks (1st, 2011), Harrison Ruopp- Coyotes (3rd, 2011) Mike Winther- Dallas Stars (2nd, 2012).

Draft Watch (NHL Central Scouting Preliminery Watch List)

A Skaters- Curtis Lazar (EDM), Josh Morrissey (PA)
C Skaters- Cody Corbett, Edgars Kulda, Ashton Sautner (EDM), Chance Braid (PA)
B Goaltenders- Tristan Jarry (EDM)

Injury Report:

#7 Setphane Legault, lower body, week to week
#28 Martin Gernat, upper body, indefinite

#19 Reid Gardiner, upper body, week to week

Roster notes: David Musil will make his Oil King debut here tonight.  Raider defenceman Shayne Gwinner has returned home to Drumheller awaiting a trade.  Gwinner was acquired from Moose Jaw this off season and has played in nine games this season.

Notes: The Kootenay Ice acquired Zach McPhee from Everett in exchange for a 7th round pick in 2014.  Yesterday the Ice sent Kyle Kraben and Doug Morris to Vancouver for Austin Vetterl.  Michael St. Croix is tied in 9th in scoring (22).  Raiders goalie Luke Siemens is 3rd in GAA (2.24).  Josh Morrissey is tied for 7th in scoring amongst defencemen.  Leon Draisaitl is tied for 3rd in rookie scoring (12).  The The Oil Kings power play ranks 3rd, and  their PK is ranked 2nd. The Warrior's PP is ranked 9th, their PK is 14th. Tonight is one of  ten games on the schedule. Pregame at 6:45, puck drop at 7:00 on the Team 1260.